Updated 09/02/2010 11:35 AM
Wilde About Texas: Big stars, Hollywood sets engulf golf site in Utopia
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Production wrapped up Wednesday morning for the star-studded cast of a new film set in the Texas Hill Country.
For the past few weeks the serene quiet of Utopia, Texas has been replaced with the hustle and bustle of a Hollywood set.
"Seven Days in Utopia" is based on Dr. David L. Cook’s best-selling book, Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia.
"We wanted to take everything that the book had and the story line and just add to it," Director Matthew Russell said.
Actors including Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and many notable professional golfers spent the last month in Utopia making the movie.
The film, "Seven Days in Utopia" is the story of a professional golfer whose game needs some work. A retired golfer, played by Robert Duvall takes him under his wing.
"There's a mentor story. There's an inspirational story. There's a story about journey. There is an aspect of it about sports, and an aspect of it about getting to know God," Producer Jason Berman said.
In his more than 50-year career Duvall has played many roles with ties to the Lone Star state. This time, he found a new appreciation for the hill country.
"It's a nice project coming to Texas, and I haven't worked in a year and half anyway, so why not. When something great comes along, you jump at it,” Duvall said. "I didn't realize that Texas was this pretty. Once you get into Texas and you see how pretty it is with the rivers. It's just a wonderful, wonderful location."
Russell, along with the book’s author he co-wrote script. For him, having the chance to tell a story with a message is a dream come true.
"A lot of people are so caught up with what's right there in front of them. I've got to make this amount of money, I've got to pay rent and do this and do that. There's a bigger purpose to life," he said.
Shooting on the film wrapped this week. The production involved dozens of local crew members as well as many extras from Fredericksburg and Utopia. The film is expected to be released sometime next year.